About Light on Jib Island:
In the early 1920s, the Bartons were a lightkeeping family on Jib Island several miles off the Maine coast. The adventures of the four Barton children and their parents in this isolated place are snapshots of the real lives of those who kept the lights burning to make travel safer for the many boats that sailed the cold and treacherous Maine waters. Visits from a very capable and loving grandmother and a spunky itinerant school teacher add excitement, as do the accidents of nature that the family must manage. When Mother leaves the island to await the birth of another child, twelve-year-old Elizabeth takes over the running of the house. At this point in the story, the real challenges begin.
About the Author:
Jan Gilley spent childhood summers in Maine and Canada. Her fascination with lighthouses began while visiting Nubble Light and Keeper, Mr. Brewster. Jan, an English teacher, is descended from sailors, while her husband is a descendant of Maine lightkeepers. From thoughts about family history, the inspiration for Light on Jib Island came while walking Rockland, Maine breakwater during school vacations.
Author Jan Gilley will be book signing her Indie Excellence Book Award winning Light on Jib Island at the 2015 Beyond the Sea Book Festival at Lincolnville Beach on Friday, July 24th, 1:00-3:00.